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David Leikam NS Design CR6 Cello

Image: David Leikam with NS Design CR6-string fretless electric cello (NS Artist)

Location: Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, California

Photo: Peter L. Buranzon


San Francisco Bay Area-based composer-performer and bandleader. Being born with cerebral palsy has affected his body and speech, giving him a distinct view into his creative arts/music process and being largely a self-taught multi-instrumentalist.

You are the note(s) within music composition and those you select to compose/perform music with you, either live on stage or in the recording studio.

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Primary Instruments:

• NS Design CR5-strings Radius fretless electric bass (NS Artist)

• NS Design CR6-strings fretless electric cello (NS Artist)

Moog synthesizers

He has performed and/or recorded with: Wadada Leo Smith, Pamela Z, Eddie GaleKidd Jordan, John BergamoDoug Ellington, Muruga Booker, James Gurley, Perry Robinson, Sikiru Adepoju, Jon Raskin, Timothy Orr, Patrick Cress, Sheila Bosco, amongst others.


• 1996-1997 Musicians Institute (MI Hollywood)

RIT, Audio/Sound Engineering/Production - live and studio production with honours.

• 1998-2001 California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

BFA, Music Composition

(Minors in Modern Dance Collaboration, Performance Arts, and Visual Arts construction.)

• 2004-06 California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

MFA, Music Composer-Performer in African-American Improvisational Music

(Minors in Modern Dance Collaboration/History and Performance Arts.)